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An Affectionate Heart by Heather Moll

Title: An Affectionate Heart
Author: Heather Moll
Genre: Pride and Prejudice Variation 
Publisher: Excessively Diverted Press
Release Date: April 1st, 2022
Number of Pages: 385
Version Read: Kindle ebook
Buy: Amazon

Synopsis: Are love and affection enough to overcome the pain of grief and anger?

In the spring of 1812, Elizabeth and Lydia are the only Bennet daughters still unmarried after the death of their father. Elizabeth's health and spirits worsen as she moves among relations as an unwanted, dependent sister. She returns to Mary and Mr. Collins at Longbourn to learn that the neighbourhood gossip centers on the reclusive Mr. Darcy.

Darcy and his sister live an isolated life in a small rented lodge near Netherfield after the events at Ramsgate. As Georgiana's health is failing, Darcy has his own regrets to bear. He tries to keep them secluded, but a young woman arrives who is determined to befriend his lonely, ill sister.

When Elizabeth receives disastrous news, she makes a daring plan to find happiness for herself while she still can. Misunderstandings and secrets abound for them both but in the end, Darcy and Elizabeth will find greater strength together than they ever had apart.

My Review: In this tale, Jane married the man who wrote her some poetry when she was fifteen which sets into events that Mary and Kitty married got married too. Mr. Bennet dies from a heart attack two years before this story takes place so Mr. Collins took possession of Longbourn earlier than in canon. Mary is just plain mean in this book to everybody. She has had an over-inflated ego since she married Collins. Lizzy is suffering from having anxiety attacks whenever she has an altercation with her family which makes her believe she is dying especially after she steals part of a private letter between the apothecary and his apprentice. Georgiana is dying from consumption and she and Darcy are in Meryton hiding from society which thinks they are in Madeira. 

I enjoyed this book but I thought Darcy was a major asshole especially when Georgiana was dying. I get that he was under stress from that and trying to track down Wickham but that's no excuse to be a dick to your new wife. There was a mention of the Bingleys but they never actually show up in the book. If you love drama and angst this is the book for you. 

Rating: 4 stars

*I received an advanced copy of the book from the author. All opinions are my own. 
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